Definition of crow noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//krəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kroʊ//
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  1. 1 a large bird, completely or mostly black, with a rough unpleasant cry See related entries: Birds
  2. 2a sound like that of a cock / rooster crowing She gave a little crow of triumph.
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 Old English crāwe, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kraai and German Krähe, also to the verb crow. noun sense 2 Old English crāwan, of West Germanic origin; related to German krähen, also to crow the bird; ultimately imitative.Idioms in a straight line The villages are no more than a mile apart as the crow flies.
    eat humble pie (North American English also eat crow)
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    to say and show that you are sorry for a mistake that you made From a pun on the old word umbles, meaning ‘offal’, which was considered to be food for poor people.
    stone the crows, stone me
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    (old-fashioned, British English) used to express surprise, shock, anger, etc.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: crow